The Cup field passes for the first time
Jonathan Cornelius the 2012 winner with Mike Maher of Turftrax UK
The 2019 ARMA (Australian Racecourse Managers Association) conference will be held in Hobart and again Anco will be sponsoring what is now called the Anco Turf – VRC Carnival Experience. The “Experience” program has a restructured itinerary for the awardee who will arrive on Friday, November 1 and fly home on Wednesday, November 6. The Experience begins at Flemington Racecourse, where the awardee will meet Liam O’Keeffe and Brendan Jackson and receive accreditation for the carnival. The awardee will attend Moonee Valley night races and the following morning, Derby Day. This will include an early morning track walk and ‘Going Stick’ readings with Mike Maher of Turftrax.
10 / THE VRC EXPERIENCE
The award winner gets to visit the MCG for a personal tour including a centre pitch visit
The following day the awardee will be involved with a morning track walk and track preparations. A lunch with Melbourne metropolitan track managers and other industry participants will follow. On the Monday the awardee will attend a morning track walk, pre Melbourne Cup media functions and track preparations. The afternoon’s activities include visits to Caulfield Racecourse, the MCG, AAMI Park, Anco Turf Production Farm and other venues. Melbourne Cup Day will cap the awardee’s exciting experience. As a past winner, Liam O’Keefe is very keen for the “Anco - VRC Carnival Experience” to continue, and to ensure that Mick Goodie’s idea and legacy of “giving back” to the industry lives on.
The “Experience” award is still taking applications and we encourage all racing club general managers and track mangers to nominate a young, ambitious member of their staff to apply for the “Anco Turf – VRC Carnival Experience”. Applications will be received by entering an application form that is available on the ARMA website. www.racecoursemanagers.org.au The winning applicant will be chosen by a group comprising Liam O’Keeffe, ARMA and Anco Turf, and will be announced at the upcoming ARMA conference in Hobart. Written by Bruce Stephens